A lot of weird things happen in Florida. We're here every Friday morning to give you the week's weirdest.
Praise Florida's new lord and savior: Bart the cat.
The not-quite-2-year-old black-and-white cat was found by his owner in the Tampa area after apparently being hit by a car. The 51-year-old owner thought the cat was lifeless, so he dug a shallow grave and put the cat in it.
Five days later, the cat was found alive -- in bad shape, but alive -- in a neighbor's yard. We can't blame Bart for retreating to a neighbor's place after his owner buried him.
"I open the door, and my neighbor is standing there with the cat in her hand," the owner told ABC News. "She said, 'Bart is not dead.' I said, 'That's impossible. We buried Bart.'"
Bart was probably sitting there like, "Uh, no, dude, I'm clearly alive. I am right here. Awkward."
Bart was taken to the local Human Society, where he was treated for a broken jaw and facial wounds. He'll also need an eye removed, but vets predict he'll be mostly recovered in about six weeks and will be able to return home to his owners, who let's hope won't bury him again for at least another ten years.
Woman Reaches Into 400-Pound Bear's Cage, and It Does Not End Well
Fun tip: Do not pet bears. They are not petting-grade animals, even when they live in an animal sanctuary. An unidentified woman learned that lesson the hard way when she reached into the cage of a 400-pound black bear at a Dade City animal sanctuary.
Shortly afterward, she found herself being flown to a Tampa hospital to receive treatment for a severely mauled right arm.
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Man Tells Cop He "Wasn't Very Good at the Robbery Thing" After Store Clerk Ignored Him
If you recently tried to pull off a robbery and found yourself talking to a cop shortly afterward, you're probably not a very good robber. Stewart Charles McNeal of Delray Beach admitted as much to a cop that he "wasn't very good at the robbery thing."
The specific thing he's talking about was an attempted masked-and-armed robbery at a Dunkin' Donuts in Delray Beach. McNeal waited patiently in line, and when he got to the front, he pulled out his gun and demanded money. The clerk simply ignored him and helped customers instead. So he pulled off his mask, demanded the clerk's attention, and then apologized for grabbing a bunch of cash from the register. McNeal later saw news of the robbery and just decided to turn himself in to police. His getaway driver, who remains on the loose, was apparently better at the robbery thing.